Friends of food justice,

We are sending out two alerts this month as we just have a lot to say!

Food Empowerment Project has created a handy guide to assist you with food donations this holiday season.

As you expect from us, we wanted to help those of you who believe donating food is something more than a symbolic gesture of goodwill, since many of you want to make sure your donation helps those most in need and, at the same time, stays within your values – our values.

Donating food takes thought.

I also want to take the time to thank everyone – not by name (that would be impossible), but to thank every one of you who shares with others the work that we do, encourages family and friends to use our chocolate listsigned and shared our petition to Clif Barpromotes veganism, made a call or sent an email on behalf of the rights of farm workers, who likes us on Facebook and shares our posts, follows us on Twitter and re-tweets our work, to those of you who write for us, research for us, table for us, raise funds for us and help us with other volunteer work, and those of you who have asked me to speak at events and promote the important issues we address and of course our wonderful board and advisory board.

And thank you to our donors who are allowing us to turn our ideas into action.

Thank you to everyone who sees that eating is a responsibility and that with that responsibility comes the need to make sure we are doing our best not to exploit or oppress human or non-human animals.

You are helping Food Empowerment Project — an all-volunteer organization — grow and make a difference.

So thank you for that.

THAT is what Thanksgiving is supposed to be about. If anyone tries to make it be about food, remind them that turkeys are not food, and help them understand who they really are:

In solidarity,

lauren Ornelas
Founder/Executive Director

shame on albertsons


Please sign and share the petition to Safeway/Albertsons’ CEO Vivek Sankaran right now and tell him that all neighborhoods need access to fresh food!

Please sign our friends, at Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, petition to Albertsons, asking them to remove ALL grocery noncompete clauses affecting the Park Manor Shopping Center.

Call Safeway to complain:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

Call Safeway to complain:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

* Suggested language and details: Please make a polite phone call and keep in mind the person you are speaking to probably has no idea about this policy—most people don’t. You just need to stay on the line for a customer service representative. For Safeway, they will ask you for your full name and phone number and if you have a Safeway card number.
Suggested language: “I am calling to log a comment against a Safeway / Albertsons policy that sometimes puts restrictive deeds on its former properties and prevents other grocery stores from moving in, sometimes for 10 years or more. This has impacted community health. I would like Safeway / Albertsons to end this policy immediately.”

If they ask questions you cannot answer, feel free to provide our email: and remind them you are calling because you disagree with this practice.

Order some of our leaflets to share with others by emailing info(at)


Join us by taking a stand in front of your local Safeway / Albertsons! Find a demo to attend here.

Want to organize your own demo? We can send you leaflets and posters. Contact us here for additional details.

Take action on social media with hashtag #ShameOnSafeway & #ShameOnAlbertsons and tagging Safeway & Albertsons.

Thank you for wanting to take a stand against a corporation that is impacting the health of Black and Brown communities and low-income neighborhoods.

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